Paradise subsists in our imaginations as the place where our idylls are realized in all their perfections. It is an intensely personal space, unique to ourselves, fostered by our imaginations and existing exclusively in the mind. It remains such an assuaging vision that it drives us to search for it in the physical world, despite knowing that no one actually finds themselves in paradise, for more than a fleeting moment. Of all of the icons associated with places of paradise, the palm tree is perhaps the most pervasive, and evocative. The body of work, Cokaygne, plays with the dichotomy between the ordinary and the exotic, comfort and fear.
Chloe Sells was born in Aspen, Colorado, in 1976. She received a BFA in photography from Rhode Island School of Design, in 2000, and an MA Fine Art from Central St. Martins, in 2011. She currently lives and works between London, UK and Maun, Botswana.Favourite